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Emanuel Xavier

Author's Bio

Emanuel Xavier is an American poet, spoken word artist, author, editor, literary events curator, and activist. He transitioned himself from being a street hustler and a drug dealer to become one of the most significant and unlikely voices to emerge from the neo-Nuyorican spoken word movement using political, sexual and religious themes throughout his work. His background heritage is Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian. He has conducted spoken word poetry workshops and produced benefits and events for youth organizations throughout the country. He curated several seasons of a monthly spoken word poetry series for El Museo del Barrio in New York City and currently works for Random House. He performs regularly throughout the United States and has also performed abroad in the cities of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Guayaquil (Ecuador), London (UK), Paris (France), and Ghent (Belgium). Currently works for Random House, Inc.

Publications and Prizes

Nefarious (Rebel Satori Press, 2013), Americano: Growing Up Gay and Latino in the U.S. (Rebel Satori Press, 2012), Pier Queen (Rebel Satori Press, 2012), If Jesus Were Gay & other poems (Rebel Satori Press, 2010), Christ Like (Rebel Satori Press, 2009)
Studs: Gay Erotic Fiction (Cleis Press, 2014), For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough (Magnus Books, 2013), Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay (Quirk Books, 2012), Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry (Rebel Satori Press, 2011), Best Gay Erotica 2008 (Cleis Press, 2008), Best Gay Poetry 2008 (Lethe Press, 2008), Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press, 2008), Queer & Catholic (Routledge, 2008), Bullets & Butterflies: queer spoken word poetry (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2005), Bad Boys (Alyson Publications, 2003), From Porn to Poetry 2 (Samba Mountain Press, 2003), The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name (Boheme Press, 2003), Of The Flesh (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2002), Besame Mucho: New Gay Latino Fiction (Painted Leaf Press, 1999), Men on Men 7 (Plume, 1999), Virgins, Guerrillas & Locas (Cleis Press, 1999), Best Gay Erotica 1997 (Cleis Press, 1997)
Drumvoices Revue, Hanging Loose, Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Hostos Review, Long Shot
Faison Firehouse Theater (2013), Museum of Modern Art (2013), Broward College (2012), College of William & Mary (2012), Lesley University (2012), Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art (2012), The Front Porch (2012), El Museo del Barrio (2011), El Museo del Barrio (2010), Princeton University (2010), Bates College (2009), El Museo Del Barrio (2009), Ghent University (2009), Giovanni's Room (2009), El Museo Del Barrio (2008), Housing Works Bookstore (2008), San Francisco Public Library (2008), School of Visual Arts (2008), University of Florida (2008), El Museo Del Barrio (2007), Miami Dade College (2007), Naranja Library (2007), Princeton University (2007), Towson University (2007), University of Louisville (2007), Amherst College (2006), Queens Museum of Art (2006), Resistencia Bookstore (2006), Wellesley College (2006), Centro Cultural de la Raza (), Quinnipiac University (), The United Nations (), Bar 13 Lounge (2005), Bowery Poetry Club (2005), LGBT Community Services Center (2005), Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO- 2005 (2005), University of Chicago (2005), Aaron Davis Hall (2004), Central Park Summerstage (2004), Hartford Public Library (2004), Joe's Pub (2004), New York University (2004), Resistencia Bookstore in Austin (2004), Tillery Street Theatre in Austin (2004), Columbia University (2003), Lincoln Center (2003), Nuyorican Poets Cafe (2003), Rikers Island Prison (2003), Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry on HBO- 2003 (2003), University of Massachusetts (2003), Brown University (2002), Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans (2002), The New School (2002), Washington Square Park (2002)
New York City Council Citation, Marsha A. Gomez Cultural Heritage Award, 2008 World Pride Award recipient, Equality Forum 2010 GLBT History Month Icon, American Library Association's Over The Rainbow selection for "If Jesus Were Gay & other poems"

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
Last Exit To Brooklyn, Running With Scissors, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Anthropology of an American Girl
Favorite Authors:
Augusten Burroughs, Junot Diaz, Hubert Selby, Jr., Sapphire, Suheir Hammad, Willie Perdomo, Dorothy Parker, Sylvia Plath

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: October 20, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
G/L/B/T, Latino/Latina
Prefers to work with:
Adults, At Risk Youth, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in:
English, Spanish
Born in:
Brooklyn, NY
Raised in:
Brooklyn, NY

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